An interview with nika

Read about our TCO17 Finalists.
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How did you get into programming?

In high school I had to learn programming in order to get access to computers

Which IDE do you use and why?

For online rounds I have used built-in arena editor to reduce setup time, otherwise I like Visual Studio and Qt Creator.

What is the funniest thing that has happened to you within the Topcoder community?

Last time I was thinking hard about the story my browser failed and lost rest of the interview answers. Not this time 🙂

If you could go head to head with another algorithm or marathon competitor, who would you want to compete against and why?

Winning marathon match doesn't feel that great if Psyho doesn't compete. Same goes for tourist and rng_58 in algorithm.

Tell us about an achievement that you are most proud of.

Latest achievement was winning a marathon match

Best music album to code to?

Same 2 or 3 songs I like at that moment

What books do you recommend?

Orwell's books are easy and fun to read, but in general any book with nice cover 🙂

Tabs or spaces?

Tabs that print 4 spaces

We asked the Finalists to use emojis in response to the following questions.

How do you feel about the TCO17 Finals?


How do you feel when you win a Topcoder challenge?


What is your spirit animal?


What's the weather like at your house right now?



Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus (BNMC)
Booz | Allen | Hamilton
Meituan Dianping

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